Pregnancy hormones wreak havoc on a baby-crazy author (Elizabeth Banks) in one of five intertwined tales about the challenges of impending parenthood.
" Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged? "
" Patently contrived to deliver the safer side of pregnancy-related humor over the course of five tidily intersecting plot lines. "
" The movie turns out to be a little of everything yet succeeds only occasionally at anything. "
" The still-born What To Expect... is an all-star dud that could be easily confused with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, except for the absence of Ashton Kutcher. "
" Cute couple Kendrick and Crawford are completely lost at sea. But the guys in the Dudes Group have the worst of it - they are a whiny, unappealing bunch through and through. "
" Director Kirk Jones and screenwriters Shauna Cross and Heather Hach consistently fall back on corny music and slow-motion to try to get laughs. Very little of this movie feels risky, or even frisky. "
" What you don't expect is how bad almost all of it is. "
" What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples. "
" Babies are cute and expectant parents often aren't. That kind of sums up What to Expect When You're Expecting. "
" The film is dully shot and so predictably plotted, you could tick off the items like you're packing a bag for the delivery room. "
" "What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments. "
" "What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process. "
" In a year when women's reproductive freedoms are constantly in the political crosshairs, What to Expect When You're Expecting feels like just another affront to anyone who owns and operates a uterus. "
" The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had. "
" Technically the genre isn't beneath contempt. But this movie is. "
" It makes one long for the comparative complexity and subtlety of Valentine's Day. "
" It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial. "
" Exactly what you'd expect. And that's not a good thing. "
" An amiable but disjointed movie with too many stories and not enough storytelling. "
" Bringing a child into the world is no laughing matter, and all involved seem to have done their level best to make things as mirthless as possible. "
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